Asus GeForce GTX 460 1GB DirectCu

Packaging & Initial Impressions


Packaging & Initial Impressions

Asus certainly don't believe in the conservation of trees as the DirectCu arrived in a rather elaborate set of packaging. Aside the use of Asus' recent white and green livery, it is also both wide and deep. I say...what lurks inside..?

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Asus GeForce GTX 460 1GB DirectCu TOP

Removing the flimsy white/green layer of packaging reveals a thicker black box. It would surely command the package to fall in the hands of a delivery man with the mental capacity of Family Guy's Opie to cause any damage to the equipment that lies inside. 

Inside you will find a further three boxes. The box at the top contains a leather wallet to store your favourite CD's, a Driver Disc and Installation manual. To the right you will a narrow box that conceals a Molex to PCI-Express adapter plus  DVI → HDMI and DVI → VGA adapters. Finally, below the former box lies the GeForce GTX 460.

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For those who have read our review of the reference GTX 460, you will have noticed two things. Different PCB and different Cooler. Despite the graphics card being of the same length as the reference design, the new cooler stretches beyond the PCB by as much as one inch.

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 Consequently the placement of PCI-Express 6pin connectors have moved to the top of the graphics card rather than the rear.

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Asus GeForce GTX 460 1GB DirectCu TOP

Now lets take a closer look at the cooler itself. As the name “DirectCu” suggests, Asus' cooler sports heatpipes that make direct contact with the GPU Core. It's clear that no compromises have been made with the design, with the use of thick 8mm heatpipes, a huge area of fins and a larger 92mm fan. We will find out very shortly if it makes the impact that it suggests.

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Most Recent Comments

27-07-2010, 06:19:58

There's no doubting the performance of this card, the extra memory and bandwidth definitely help with increasing minimum frame rate considerably and giving a boost overall. My issue is, why did ASUS change from a clean black and red for ATi and black and green for Nvidia, to the rather curious blue tone? I'm not a massive fan personally, but I know there'll be people who like the new scheme. Still, I doubt it would stop me from buying it if I wanted a well-made 460!Quote

27-07-2010, 08:07:34

Excellent review specially the part where you compare the cars to the cards only I noticed two things first CRYSIS is not playable at 17 fps minimum I know that (1920X1080 4XAA 8XAF Enthusiast) are a bit extreme but you should have tested on high settings instead of enthusiast with 2XAA, second CCL don’t have this model from ASUS they only have the 768mb model for 188£ so I don’t know where you got the 195£ from on top of the page anyway great stuff Mr Chidrawar and of course tom.Quote

27-07-2010, 09:08:33

Wonder how this compares to the Gainward 1gb gtx 460 GS-GLH

Also does anyone know what do an Sli pare of these compare to because hear alot of mix messages on thatQuote

27-07-2010, 15:17:21

The reviews I've seen say two of these beat all single cards except the 5970...

Nice review by the way.. Just wish you could have got a couple in for the Sli tests.

Oh yeah, while I remember, slight typo on page 4 I think.

"Straight from the box, the Asus GTX 480 holds a 1000PPD lead over the reference 768MB graphics card. The fun doesn't end here as once overclocked, the graphics card was pulling just short of 11000PPD in the above 611 point projects."Quote

27-07-2010, 16:05:56

shame i was expecting more from the 1gb asus cards especialy with the voltage tweak,but saying that most of the 460's have the option,mine does but its just locked to 1.085mvQuote

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